NFL Playoff Predictions: Why Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints Will Win It All

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 5, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 28:  Quarterback  Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints drops back to pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Saints are the most complete team in the NFL playoffs, which makes it hard for me to believe they won't win their second Super Bowl title in three years. 

They've got it all. 

Drew Brees enters the postseason as the hottest quarterback in football, having thrown 25 touchdowns and three interceptions in his last seven games. 

Talk about a guy on a tear. 

He's got plenty of playoff experience, so you can trust him in just about any pressure-packed moment.

Forget the old adage that "defense wins championships."

Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger, Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have emerged victorious in the last eight Super Bowls. 

Tremendous signal-calling play is still of the utmost importance. 

The Saints' group of incredible pass-catchers was one of the main reasons Brees pieced together his epic season. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 26:   Jimmy Graham #80 of the New Orleans Saints catches a touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on December 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Saints defeated the Falcons 45-16.  (Photo by
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Who's covering tight end Jimmy Graham? What about the ultra-reliable, 6'4'' Marques Colston? Robert Meachem's world-class speed makes him a matchup nightmare, too. 

While the passing game is clearly featured in New Orleans, the running game is the X-factor that will lead to another Vince Lombardi Trophy. 

They finished the year ranked sixth in rushing yards per game and rose to prominence with a running back committee that displays a variety of skill sets. 

Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory are more of the between-the-tackle runners, but have deceptive shiftiness to make defenders miss in the open field. 

Their presence opens up downfield, play-action passes that have become so deadly. 

Darren Sproles, the record holder for single-season all-purpose yardage, is the real game-breaker. He is a terror on screen plays, often hiding behind mammoth offensive lineman before springing loose for huge gains. 

No linebacker can cover him out of the backfield. 

If the Saints need to move the ball via the run in a cold weather game, possibly in Green Bay or against a stout defense in San Francisco, they are more than capable. 

The defense is probably everyone's biggest question mark. 

While they surrendered the 24th-most yards in the NFL, a lot of those yards came when their opposition was throwing often in an attempt to erase a huge deficit.

The Saints defense allowed only 21.2 points per game in 2011.

Not bad.

They have Jabari Greer, Malcolm Jenkins and Tracy Porter from the 2009 Super Bowl-winning club.

Jonathan Vilma is still one of the premier middle linebackers and leaders in football and Gregg Williams has a multitude of confusing blitz packages. 

The New Orleans Saints are built for any type of game in which they find themselves. Their coach is maybe the best play-caller in the NFL, and it is extremely difficult to bet against Drew Brees. 

That's why I have them winning Super Bowl XLVI.